Vicente Padilla headed for bullpen

Updated: March 19, 2011, 5:17 PM ET
By Tony Jackson | ESPNLosAngeles.com

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Although Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Vicente Padilla probably will, as expected, begin the season on the 15-day disabled list as he continues to recover from surgery,

But his rehabilitation appears to be moving forward quickly, faster than the medical staff anticipated. Padilla had surgery Feb. 24 to free a nerve that was trapped by a muscle in his right forearm, but there appears to be a slight window of hope the veteran right-hander will be ready when the season ...

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